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Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay


The torch designed for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games was designed with a cherry blossom motif, a flower close to the hearts of all Japanese people. Five separate flames will emerge from flower petals and come together at the center of the torch to give off a brilliant “Path for Hope.”

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay will begin in March 2020, coinciding with cherry blossom season in Japan.

The Torch Relay will have a concept of “Hope Lights Our Way” and over 121 days will visit all 47 prefectures in Japan before arriving in Tokyo for the Opening Ceremony on Friday, July 24.

The torch itself is made from approximately 30 percent recycled aluminum recovered from the construction of prefabricated housing units in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011.


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